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    FRANK R. PAUL (American, 1884-1963)
    Lord of Tranerica, Dynamic Science Stories cover, February 1939
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 16 in.
    Signed lower right
    Frank R. Paul is the father of science fiction art, and his paintings have always been among the most desirable to have ever graced a pulp magazine cover. This first issue of Dynamic Science Stories celebrates Paul on the contents page by stating "The editors...felt that it was only fitting that the acknowledged greatest of science-fiction artists should do its inaugural cover." While any Paul science fiction cover is rare, this is an absolute classic, with the artist hauntingly anthropomorphizing the two spaceships into a mother and child (note the striking faces as the fronts of the ships).

    This painting was in the collection of the editor of Dynamic Science Stories for over fifty years.

    Two copies of the pulp featuring this cover are included with this lot.




    Condition Report*:

    Stretcher creases visible with minor paintloss; pinholes to border corners; faint craquelure with minor paintloss visible along left and right upper vertical edges; good condition. Framed to an overall size of 25 x 18.25 inches.

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